The Milky Way as seen from Earth.
Astronomers are making new discoveries about our galaxy thanks to a more detailed map of the Milky Way.
Jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies can transport huge amounts of energy across great distances.
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It's difficult to get jets - powerful, lightning fast particles - to give up their secrets. The new Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could hold the key to solving jets' mysteries.
SKA South Africa
What's particularly exciting about "first light" images from South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope is that they prove Africa is a rising star in the world of astronomy.
The FAST telescope.
The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope could help reveal how the universe evolved.
The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world.
You can't just buy a radio telescope receiver off the shelf. So CSIRO has been hard at work building receivers for the world's largest telescopes using the very latest technology.
The new discovery: The C-shaped “wide angle tail galaxy” (pink) surrounded by the galaxies of the Matorny-Terentev cluster (white).
The find by citizen scientists of at least 40 galaxies in a cluster more than a billion light years away is the astronomical equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
An artist’s impression of the galaxies found in the ‘Zone of Avoidance’ behind our Milky Way.
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Something mysterious is pulling our Milky Way through space at a much faster rate than expected. So what could it be?
Artist’s impressiong of the Square Kilometre Array, which will revolutionise our ability to detect fast radio bursts.
SKA Project Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions - Swinburne Astronomy Productions for SKA Project Development Office
A technological revolution in astronomical observations could be the key to understanding the perplexing phenonenon known as 'fast radio bursts' from outer space.
The vast expanse of Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy.
Pete Wheeler, ICRAR
The Murchison Widefield Array sits in remote Western Australia far from noisy civilisation so it can help us understand the universe by tuning into radio waves from the distant cosmos.
CSIRO’s Compact Array telescope under the Milky Way.
Astronomers think they may have found evidence within our galaxy of some of the missing matter thought to make up our universe.
The Dreamtime constellation of The Emu rises out of the glow of Sydney, 350km away from the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Darkness is precious to astronomers, but it's also good for everybody. We should ensure we preserve the dark by using the latest technologies responsibly.
The edge of the Horsehead nebula, where it touches the empty space outside it, is rich in carbon.
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Astronomers have built a new observatory in the cold dry air of a high plateau in Antarctica to peer through our atmosphere and observe carbon in our galaxy.
The Mopra radio telescope faces closure.
When government funding is cut from science and research in Australia, there are other ways to try to draw money from the public's purse?
What kind of creatures might we find populating the cosmos?
Given Earth is our sole example of life in the universe, it's hard to know what we're looking for elsewhere in the cosmos.
Stop calling all the time. Ever heard of the three-day rule?
Simple mathematics suggests that if there are aliens out there, they should have reached us by now. So is it really worthwhile trying to communicate with them?
Green Bank telescope is one of the observatories that will eavesdrop on aliens.
The $100m project to search for aliens will help save observatories from closure and could lead to new astrophysical discoveries.
The 64-metre Parkes Radio telescope will be instrumental in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
The Parkes radio telescope is part of the US$100 million search for life elsewhere in the universe, but the investment will also benefit other space research at The Dish.
A 3D visualisation of the plasma tubes conforming to the Earth’s magnetic field.
Cleo Loi was an undergraduate when she made a startling discovery. Her story shows how brilliance, dedication and imagination drive science.
Scientists knew the mystery signals were close by the Parkes radio telescope: but what was the source?
Astronomers used to probing the universe always knew that strange signals detected by the Parkes radio telescope were coming from somewhere closer to home. But finding the source was the tricky bit.
A fast radio burst was detected live at Parkes in May 2014.
Astronomers are trying to improve their hunt for rapid bursts of radio emission in the universe called Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) so they can better observe these mysterious events, which are thought to…